Less than an hour from Madrid lies one of Spain’s finest shooting estates. Since the lodge was built two years ago, I have been fortunate enough to be invited on several occasions to shoot Spanish partridge. They are some of my most memorable weekends in the past few years for many reasons ranging from the sport to the climate to the warm hospitality.
Owned by Pepe, a passionate hunter himself, him and his fiancé, Diana are busy creating their dream for fellow hunting enthusiasts to enjoy. The 8 rooms in the lodge are all en-suite and the gun room is full of artisan made Spanish side by sides. The drawing rooms and dining rooms all have large, welcoming open fires for the colder months and the walls are adorned with trophies from Pepe’s adventures all over the world.
Butler del Prado have been instrumental in encouraging British parties to enjoy this special place and spreading the word. Moving into a new era now, Pepe and Diana are keen to encourage guests all year around to enjoy their exquisite lodge, hospitality, scenery and hunting.
The estate is teeming with wild game as the largely uninhabited, expansive landscape lends itself perfectly to wild boar and roebuck. The summer rhythm is very different to the winter months of driven Spanish partridge. The hunting is done before 9am and after 9pm with breakfast served on the hunters return and lunch after a siesta before the evening excursion. After the hunt, it’s either dinner al fresco back at the lodge or a visit to the local bar in Matarrubia for beers and tacos. It’s a very agreeable pace of life.
The long hot days are spent cooling down in the swimming pool, reading, writing and talking about each other’s thoughts and visions for the future followed by a relaxed siesta to escape the hottest hours of the day.
If you are interested in visiting Matarrubia, please contact Diana firstname.lastname@example.org